The presentation of moral issues in Othello focuses on Emilia’s courage to challenge the social and religious morality of their time in Act 4, Scene 3. For instance, Emilia’s Speech establishes cynicism towards men as Shakespeare’s lexical choice of ‘would not’ demonstrates that with the contraction displayed, Emilia is willing not to ‘marry.’ Therefore, her courage presents a moral issue in the play because challenging the social and religious morality of her time establishes that she disobeys the main principle that “Wives submit…to husbands and the Lord.” She knows that marriage is an obligation and her refusal demonstrates she has “Sense like the men....
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